We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.- Buddha
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You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you. - James Allen
From the vast territory of Texas and Houston quilt market to the mountains of North Georgia and then to Savannah by the sea...dang I have been there in the last three weeks. I'm home now and anxious to get back to designs and sewing and blogging and cooking. I don't think I can eat another meal from a bag. Road food so to speak. What I'm craving now is my own cooking!
|Chattin it up with Jodi Davis and Mary Burns in Houston|
I have had a fabulous couple of weeks meeting friends at market and meeting quilters around the Great state of Georgia. I feel like I have made at least 2000 new friends. We talked, we learned, we planned, we quilted..well kinda. I am anxious to get behind my sewing machine! When I am around quilting 24/7 and have no opportunity to sew I get an itch to lock up in the sewing room and just sew, sew, sew. Benadryl won't help. My Bernina is the only known cure for sure!
|Quilting is the topic...with Neutrals to begin the show!|
Spotlight on Neutrals is getting around!!!! Let's just do a little happy dance....can you believe it? I'm so grateful that the quilting world likes my little bookie! Just VERY VERY GRATEFUL.
|Quilts going up and down so fast my head was spinning. I bring around 60 quilts to show. I'm a quilter and if I go to a class or lecture dang I wanna see some quilts. Don't you agree?|
|More teaching and the obligatory Coke Zero in the foreground..hahaha|
|Bumpin my gums..sheesh My father used to fuss at me about talking with my hands.|
|I love this photo of " US" Bj and I!|
|Precious Karen Burns the Martingale Halloween bunny. She is so stinkin cute!|
Happy to be home and bloggin it up...that 's me!
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
The soul should always stand ajar. Ready to welcome
the ecstatic experience.
- Emily Dickinson
In the never ending quest to bring the latest toys to the sewing classrooms of the world...this little baby dropped into my last Thimbles Club meeting..yes my sewing on the go friends, I introduce you to the SEWING WAGON!!!!!
This baby folds up flat as a flitter..heck you can practically fit it in yourThis is a 1-800-GOTTA HAVE IT, kind of thing! When Jane wheeled the thing into Thimbles there were screams of delight, 5 people disappeared from class for about an hour under the disguise of going out for lunch, 5 of these Ultimate Sewing Carts returned. They were trying to get a leg up on the rest of the group. sneaky sneaky
purse maybe that is a bit of a stretch. Anyway, you can dump your junk, machine and every notion on the planet needed for sewing on the go. It holds up to 200 pounds or sumthin like that. Wheel the thing into classes and retreats and you will be the envy of the group! You can even put your sewing snacks and favorite beverages in it!!
In the true spirit of sewing sisterhood we tend to all want what the other ones have. My group will also help each other out. If they know you are busy sewing and one person is going to the store they will just purchase 20 and bring them back for the others in the group. It is a sure sale. If one of us has it we all gotta have it. Money, checks and credit cards fly out of the purses like popcorn in a popper. They are generous that way or perhaps it is a form of validation, " I saw this and thought it was a great idea...what do you think?"
I guess I'm going to have to put in a request to the church for them to re-stripe the parking lot because I'm expecting 70 of the carts to come wheeling into class this month. We will all need a spot to park them. It will be an explosion of red sewing carts!
If you want to get one, and you live in the Atalanta area..forget it we got them all. The rest of you can find these sewing carts hidden in the lawn and garden section of Sam's Club. I don't know why they put sewing stuff in that section of the store...makes no sense to me. I wonder if they come in colors?
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
I am not afraid…I was born to do this.- Joan of Arc
More market photos. Thanks to Becky who took some great photos while I was busy doing heaven knows what! Lookie! Sing with me
PEOPLE DEE DAH DEE...PEOPLE WHO NEED PEOPLE...DEE DAH DAH ARE THE LUCKIEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD...
|There was Mary Ellen/Little Quilts and sweet Jackie!|
|Becky standing with "Our Quilt" she and I pieced together...(very special memories are in that quilt)|
|Kathy Brown Love her rulers and books! And her fabric with Red Rooster is super lovely. ...such a great person! Thanks Kathy!|
|Sue Spargo and I chattin it up in our booth. I luvs me some Spargo what a great folk artist!|
|The Quiltworks people chose quilts from my book for the decor of their booth. sigh|
|BJ and I...friends for life!|
|Rockin the Schoolhouse presentation..(my children just passed out at my description I'll be hearing from them about that)|
|More Rockin..ROCKIN, ROCKIN ROCKIN! so much fun!|
|BJ's cards..all on the website!|
|Talk about PEOPLE. Part of the line for Schoolhouse. This makes me TWITCH! |
Wayyy too many people!
|BJ and I getting ready to set that angel free to fly.|
|Our next door neighbors Paula and Mary Ellen/aka Bonnie Blue with Becky. The sweetest people! They were great neighbors.|
|Becky and the divine Mizzz. Alex Andersen|
|Kelly Jackson/aka I Have a Notion. Can you tell her apron was full of scissors? It must have weighed a ton...that was a lot o' steel.|
|Well if it isn't Lynette Andersen herself hangin with the Silver Thimble! What a hoot she is. Those Aussies!|
People...it is all about PEOPLE. Quilting...relationships...with some fabulous quilts thrown in. Thanks Houston!
Monday, November 7, 2011
Asking a quilter to mend is like asking Michelangelo to paint your garage. ~Author Unknown
I have been on a teaching whirlwind since I came home, traveling all over the state of Georgia doing workshops for the Georgia Quilt Council. I'm having a terrific time meeting new quilters and spending time with them! It is amazing how much I love to be in the quilt classroom. Well, maybe not so surprising because I spent over 20 years teaching Kindergarten and First Grade, I still miss those little ones. I think teaching will always be " where it's at" for me.
I will be doing 3 more workshops this week ending with a trip to Savannah. Maybe I'll drop by and have a bite to eat with Paula Deen while I'm there. Ya'll.
I will show you some photos of market today and tomorrow. Becky took a ton of photos, me....well I was having so much fun bouncing around like Tigger that my camera was the last thing on my mind. (Is there a punishment for bloggers who are not taking proper photos to report back??? If so you my turn my name in?sheesh)
|Becky and I with Jackie from http://cvquiltworks.blogspot.com (what a doll!)|
|Lines and people everywhere for my Martingale book signing. sigh..|
|Our little booth. It looked great. Very HAPPY I was very pleased.|
|And we had our own little POLE DANCER flying above our heads. Straight from BJ's Garden!!!|
|The fabulous Kelly from I HAVE A NOTION. On Halloween she was trotting around with an apron on with about 20 different scissors hanging from the apron. It was so funny. (ok, I know, no photo of that, sheesh)|
|Book signing at the United Notions booth. Look on the table, do you see the little bag of Cheetos that was given to me as I was signing the books......How funny. (Hey maybe I could be their spokes person, or maybe that is not such a great idea)|
|See my book on the rack of books in the Martingale Booth. I about peed in my pants when I first saw it.|
|Jodi Davis from QNN TV. Sweetie Pie..so warm and friendly. AND CUTE TOO!|